RunningBrooke Celebrates our 2018-2019
Move2Learn Grant Partners
RunningBrooke is pleased to announce a second round of grants awarded to Alexandria partners in 2018. In August, grants totaling $76,550 were awarded to partners within Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), as well as nonprofit partners working with kids before, during, and after school. This round of grants is in addition to the $108,749 already invested into the Alexandria community through RunningBrooke’s Spring 2018 Move2Learn Grant Awards. $5,000 was also awarded to teachers in the newly initiated Mini-Grant Program.
Historically, RunningBrooke has awarded grants once per year, with the funds distributed in late January. Moving forward, grants will be awarded at the start of the academic year. This change in timing was made to align with the school year and allows for maximum impact of RunningBrooke’s Move2Learn program, which aims to increase activity levels of students specifically during the school day.
Move2Learn grant recipients focus on the intersection of physical activity and increased academic performance. Studies show that active kids have better focus, improved on-task behavior, and better academic performance than their less-active peers.
The 2018–2019 Move2Learn grants were awarded to thirteen different programs across ten ACPS schools and the LINK club at Brent Place Apartments, for a total of $40,050 and eight nonprofit partners, the majority of whom work within ACPS, for a total of $31,500.
RunningBrooke’s 2018–2019 partners
ACPS classrooms and programs:
- ACPS Splash Swim Program
- Ferdinand T. Day Elementary (Imagination Playground, STEM Bikes, and Pedals & Pages)
- Jefferson Houston School (Kindergarten Math and Play)
- Minnie Howard Campus of TC Williams High School (Outdoor Giant Games)
- Matthew Maury Elementary (Equipment for outdoor movement and learning)
- Cora Kelly Elementary (Bikes in the Library)
- LINK Club After School Program (PK Move, YoKid Yoga, All Starz Dance)
- ACPS Move2Learn Brain Boost Book Pouches
- Communities in Schools of NOVA
- Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
- Girls on the Run of NOVA
- Jane Franklin Dance
- The Local Motion Project
In addition, ongoing teacher mini-grants will be awarded throughout 2018 and 2019. These are requests from teachers for $500 or less that get kids moving during the school day. RunningBrooke anticipates awarding another $10,000 via these initiatives during the 2018-2019 school year. To learn more and apply, visit QUICK START MINI-GRANTS FOR TEACHERS, INSTRUCTORS AND TUTORS
“Almost three years have passed since RunningBrooke initiated it’s partnership with Alexandria City Public Schools and through our collaborations with both ACPS and our nonprofit partners, we have seen the value and impact of our collaboration increase. Many thanks to the teachers, principals, administrators, and nonprofit partners for their thoughtful proposals for getting kids active during the school day. These are exciting partnerships that will continue to enhance student learning!” – Brooke Sydnor Curran, RunningBrooke Founder / CEO
RunningBrooke was founded in 2009 with the purpose of getting underserved kids physically active every day to “spark” happier, healthier, and higher-performing students. To date, RunningBrooke has invested nearly $1.5 million into schools, nonprofit partners, and the community. During this time, RunningBrooke’s founder, Brooke Sydnor Curran, has run 116 marathons to highlight steps we can take together to build a better community.
She runs with asthma and pays for all of her own travel expenses and fees.
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